HOCKEY EAST HEADLINES
UMass Lowell goaltender Tyler Wall (Leamington, Ont.) set the program record for Division I wins on Friday, earning his 52nd career victory for the River Hawks in a 6-4 triumph at RIT. Wall surpassed Dwayne Roloson's mark of 51 wins, set back in 1994.
Providence earned a pair of wins last week, routing AIC, 5-0, before earning a 2-1 win over UConn. Tyce Thompson (Milford, Conn.) tied the league lead with four points on two goals and two assists. He registered two tallies at AIC on Thursday, including a shorthanded game-winning goal and assisted on both of Providence's goals in a 2-1 win over UConn on Saturday night.
#5 Boston College and #10 Massachusetts battled to a series split in a homeand- home weekend. UMass netminder Filip Lindberg (Espoo, Finland) stopped 41 shots on Friday in a 3-1 road win, snapping the Eagles' 10-game win streak in process. The following night, converted on four power-plays to take a 6-3 victory in Amherst, including Ben Finkelstein's (Burlington, Vt.) game-winning goal and two assists, all coming on the man advantage.
New Hampshire topped #11 Northeastern, 5-4 in overtime, on Saturday at the Whittemore Center. It marked the Wildcats' fifth overtime victory this season, tying the program mark set back in 1972-73. UNH is now 8-1-0 at home and 3-1-0 against nationally ranked opponents.
Merrimack earned a 6-2 win at UConn on Tuesday, thanks in part to the play of
rookie blueliner Declan Carlile (Hartland, Mich.) Carlile tallied a pair of assists and
earned a game-high plus-four rating and led all skaters with four blocked shots in
the road victory to move the Warriors within four points of sixth place in the Army
ROTC Hockey East Standings.
HOCKEY EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tyce Thompson - Providence
Tyce Thompson (So., F; Milford,
Conn.) tied for the lead
among Hockey East players
this week with four points on
two goals and two assists.
He registered two goals at
AIC on Thursday, including a
goal and assisted on both of
Providence's goals in a 2-1
win over UConn on Saturday
night. He currently rides a
five-game point streak (4g,
PRO AMBITIONS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Alex Newhook - Boston College
Alex Newhook (St. John's,
New.) had a goal and two
assists and was plus-two in
a home-and-home series
against #10 UMass. He
scored the Eagles' lone goal
on Friday night and posted
two primary assists in Saturday's
6-3 win in Amherst.
HOCKEY EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Declan Carlile - Merrimack
Declan Carlile (Hartland, Mich.), a rookie blueliner, tallied a pair of assists to up his team-leading total to 11 as part of a 6-2 victory at UConn on Tuesday night. He also earned a game-high plus-four rating and led all skaters with four blocked shots.
Filip Lindberg - Massachusetts
Filip Lindberg (Espoo,
Finland) ended #5 Boston
College's 10-game winning
streak with a commanding 41-save road performance in a
3-1 Massachusetts victory on
Friday night. The sophomore
netminder shut the door on an
Eagles offense that averages
nearly four goals per game on
HOCKEY EAST TOP PERFORMERS
Ben Finkelstein, BC (Sr., D; Burlington, Vt.) Posted his second three-point performance in his last three games on Saturday night in a 6-3 win over #10 UMass at the Mullins Center. He had the game-winning goal and two assists, all coming on the power play.
David Farrance, BU (Jr., D; Victor, N.Y.) Recorded a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime victory against Brown before adding an assist at Dartmouth on Saturday. Had a plus-three rating over the two games.
Wilmer Skoog, BU (Fr., F; Tyresö, Sweden) Made an impressive collegiate debut on Wednesday, scoring the overtime winner at home against Brown, before scoring a lacrosse-style goal at Dartmouth on Saturday. Won 17 of 26 faceoffs over the two contests and was a plus-two.
John Leonard, UMass (Jr., F; Amherst, Mass.) Scored three goals on six shots and was a plus-one as UMass split its weekend series with Boston College. Opened the scoring in Friday's win at BC and later added an empty net goal in the 3-1 victory. He then scored his 15th goal of the season in Saturday's setback to the Eagles and is now one shy of matching his career high total of 16 goals in 40 games last season as a sophomore through just 22 games as a junior.
Lucas Condotta, UML (So., F; Georgetown, Ont.) Recorded two goals in a 6-4 victory on Friday at RIT and registered five shots on goal in the two-game split with the Tigers.
Carl Berglund, UML (Fr., F: Hammaro, Sweden) Netted three goals and four shots on goal, which was tied for best in the conference, in the weekend road split at RIT. Registered two goals in the 6-4 win on Friday and added another goal in the 3-2 loss on Saturday.
Tyler Irvine, MC (Sr., F; Livonia, Mich.) Merrimack's leading scorer returned to the Warriors' lineup for the first time in two games Tuesday night at UConn, potting his team-best eighth goal of the season and added an assist for a two point night in a 6-2 road victory. The Merrimack captain now has eight goals and seven assists for 15 points, just three points shy of a career high with nearly half of the season remaining.
Eric McAdams, UNH (Jr., F; Salem, Mass.) Posted one goal and two assists for a career-best three points as the Wildcats defeated #11 Northeastern, 5-4, in overtime on Saturday. MacAdams is currently on a six-game point streak, with six goals and four assists for 10 points.
Kalle Eriksson, UNH (Fr., D; Leksand, Sweden) Tallied a career-best two assists and two points as the Wildcats defeated #11 Northeastern, 5-4, in overtime. He has four assists for four points on the season.
Grant Jozefek, NU (Sr., F; Chester, N.J.) Tied for a team-high three points in Saturday's 5-4 overtime setback at UNH, scoring a goal and dishing out two assists. Jozefek's multi-point outing marked his second three-point performance of the season.
Jayden Struble, NU (Fr., D; Cumberland, R.I.) Posted a goal and two assists in Saturday's overtime loss at UNH. The three-point outing marked the freshman's first career multi-point showing. Struble also finished with a plus-one rating and a team-high four shots on goal.
Michael Lackey, PC (GS, G; Washington, D.C.) Led all Hockey East goaltenders this week with a 2-0-0 record, 0.52 GAA and .979 save percentage last weekend, stopping 47-of-48 shots over two games. He has surrendered just seven goals over his last seven games.
Christian Evers, UVM (Jr., D; Waukee, Iowa) Scored both goals for Vermont in a 2-2 tie against Dartmouth and finished the week with two goals and a plusthree rating in two overtime tilts.
Stefanos Lekkas, UVM (Sr., G; Elburn, Ill.) Recorded a season-high 46 saves in Vermont's 2-2 tie against Dartmouth on Jan. 10.